Ah, the downside of web clipping recipes and editing out the background discussion of how a particular foodie came to try this-or-that recipe. Note in the original web site it says, "a bit spicy for the kids".

Creole Rice Skillet with Andouille Sausage

Creole Rice Skillet with Andouille Sausage

Yes, yes it was. Claire Bear and I prepared this last night. I thought it was good and had a second bowl, but not the kids. The poor kids couldn't finish their bowls. It's not "my lips are burning" spicy. It's "my scalp is sweating" hot. I apologized for the mistake, not knowing just how much "kick" Andouille Sausage had. What Chorizo is in Mexican cooking, Andouille is for French/New Orleans cooking. I might try it again but with a milder sausage.

So tonight we're going to "cool it" with shmancy tuna salad wraps: onion, matchstick carrots, sprouts, celery, etc. In the meantime I need to decide what I want to do with the two leftover uncooked Andouille sausage links, at least for something I can eat when the kids are away. Perhaps dice it up and add it to some lentils or beans.

Other than the Sunday dinner mishap, I think we had a good weekend. Some of us watched the 2008 romantic comedy "Over Her Dead Body".  We got to Hampshire Hills twice on Saturday: once for a workout and later on to brave the outdoor pool. We went to the Saturday evening Youth Mass where Abby played clarinet for the last time this school year.

Sunday morning we took a bunch of too-small clothes to Goodwill. Then I took the family for breakfast at Panera before we did some clothes shopping next door at Target. I made a Marian mini-pilgrimage with my friend Dick Horn. We also learned three card games over the weekend. This came in particularly handy on Sunday, as it rained most of the afternoon. Late in the evening The Boyz and I stayed up to watch another episode of "A.D." So good.

Today the much needed rain continues. The younger four are in school. Claire Bear is interning locally today through Wednesday and working at the oral surgeon Thursday and Friday. I took the van to the 7:30 services at St. Patricks, had a quick egg sandwich at Cafe on the Oval, and head down to work. Yes, the minivan had more visibility -- which is nice on overcast, rainy commutes -- but man is it boring to drive compared to "Shadow". I offered up the Luminous Mysteries for the children and then listened to some Renaissance history the rest of the way. I'm looking forward to getting my Chromebook tonight. I can use it while making my notes for this Wednesday's RCIA summer session.

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Good morning and Happy Throwback Thursday. Here in June 2006 we had our early signs of the type of child Timothy would turn into. I had opened up a dead cable modem gateway to see if there was anything obvious (like a fuse) and his eyes LIT UP!

Timothy examines a dead cable gateway

I made the kids Chicken Chile Burrito Bowls for dinner last night. Even though I *thought* there'd be leftovers, it was good enough that many had seconds and pot went empty. It reminded me of something you might order at Chipotle. It also helped that Claire Bear joined us for dinner (and she sliced up an avocado as garnish). Recommended.

After a quick cleanup I went over to St. Pats for a fast moving RCIA class. With Palm Sunday and Holy Week coming up, there was a lot of go over. I was happy to get back home and relax with just the boys. While the girls went for a swim at Hampshire Hills, the boys and I de-stressed with a recent episode of the Tonight Show/Jimmy Fallon.

This morning I got the kids out the door, went to 7:30 Mass, and breakfast at Cafe on the Oval (w/Paul B) afterwards. Michael has a quick appointment at the Orthodontist to get spacers put in before he gets a new (replacement) appliance installed next week. I had a smooth commute down to Boxborough, listening to one of my favorite weekly tech podcasts, especially since it's their 500th episode! 10+ years of podcasting! 

I got past the obscure Microsoft error I'd been fighting and so will be spending the day making a new simulation environment for our design verification guys. Hopefully I can catch the Step class tonight, work permitting.

I'll close with my Twinz' favorite video of the week

It's a parody of "Uptown Funk" with a Harry Potter theme. Anytime they hear it, they come running to watch it again. It's so well done that it's almost as good as the original. I doubt Weird Al could have done better. I particularly like Lord Voldemort's bald head having curlers in it.

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After taking the kids to Hampshire Hills this morning, we decided to head down to Nashua to eat at the Pheasant Lane mall's food court for lunch. We did a little bit o' shopping afterwards.

Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor

Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor

Daniel got some Lindt chocolate, Claire Bear got some shoes for work, Timothy got a beefier power supply for his Raspberry Pi, and I picked up this t-shirt for upcoming workouts. I was briefly tempted at the Apple Store, but resisted. ;-) Timothy & I joked about picking up their Magic Trackpad and hooking it up to his 'Pi'. The trackpad would cost twice as much as the computer itself !!

When we got back I did a lot of chopping away at the ice in our driveway. Claire laughed when I announced what I was going to do. She thought I was using an ethnic accent to say "shopping". Afterwards I got to nap for the first time in months. I miss Saturday naps. Claire Bear & I worked together on reusing the leftover pulled pork to make enchiladas for dinner. A nice change from the usual beef or chicken enchiladas!

Eventually Abita came home from the Fast she participated in with St. John Neumann's youth group. I set her 'n Claire Bear up with Crazy, Stupid, Love while Tim & I tinkered upstairs. Considering tonight's time shift, it's time to wrap up.

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Click to learn more about the Herbst Appliance

Click to learn more about the Herbst Appliance

I had to skip Mass yesterday morning because the Twins had a long orthodontist appointment. They've had a Herbst appliance in their mouths since the beginning of the school year, but so far had avoided the arms, the 'struts' as I like to call them.

Michael's hardware had developed a crack in it, so they took off some of the appliance, took new molds of his mouth, and another appliance will be installed in about four weeks. So for now Michael has less hardware in his mouth.

On the other hand Daniel has more. They put the arms in yesterday. While not as obnoxious as the old head gear many of older folks had if we were teens with braces, they do limit how much you can/should open your mouth. Daniel finds that really annoying. Once in the middle of his day he had to re-connect the arms.

Click for more awesome JP2 pictures

Click for more awesome JP2 pictures

Because the appointment ran so long I skipped heading to the office and worked the day from home. The boys and I had CCD at 6:30pm and when we got home, I took half of the pulled pork I'd been slow cooking all day and made BBQ sandwiches. I'm hoping to use the rest of the meat tonight for enchiladas.

Today was a typical Wednesday. Morning Mass and the Wednesday coffee & fellowship afterwards. I drove down to the office stopping by Gourmet Donuts in Townsend. When I pulled up I saw an old friend/coworker from the days when I worked at ATI. He became a VW TDI convert about a year or two after me and was driving yet another new model. He saw my Beetle TDI and asked about how it was doing.

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